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Best Universities in Florida: Overview of Top Schools

Read about the best universities in Florida, including degree levels and fields of study. Find out what three of the top schools have to offer in terms of academics and reputation, and use the list at the end of the resource to learn about some of the other top universities in Florida.

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Among three of the best universities in Florida are Florida State University in Tallahassee, the University of Florida in Gainesville and the University of Miami in Coral Gables. Undergraduate and graduate areas of study can include the arts, business, science and social sciences, as well as professional programs in law or medicine.

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Best Universities in Florida

1. Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University (FSU) has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a school with a high level of research activity. In 2011, The Princeton Review deemed FSU a Best Value College and a Best Southeastern College, as well as a good school for students interested in playing sports.

FSU has 16 colleges, including those devoted to the arts and sciences, social sciences and public policy, engineering and the motion picture arts. In combination, the colleges offer degrees in approximately 275 areas, ranging from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. These include chemistry, physics, psychology and business; one of the most popular majors is criminology, according to The Princeton Review. Degree programs leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) can be found through the university's law and medical schools.

2. University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

As of 2012, the University of Florida ranked as the 58th-best school in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, The Princeton Review also identified the university as a Best Southeastern College and a Best Value College among all public schools, as well as the number one school for career services.

Among the university's 16 colleges are the College of Design, Construction and Planning, College of Nursing, Levin College of Law and Warrington College of Business Administration. The university offers in excess of 100 degree programs for undergraduate students and provides them with access to more than 100 research centers and organizations. The university's library system, with 5.6 million volumes, advertises itself as the largest informational resource collection in the state. A study performed by the university's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences determined that the University of Florida contributed more than $8.76 billion to the Florida economy from 2009-2010.

3. University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL

In 2010, the University of Miami was the only private school in Florida that ranked among the top 50 schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Located approximately seven miles from downtown Miami, the university spends more than $325 million on private research each year. Because of its diverse student population, the University of Miami was recognized by The Princeton Review as the third-best school for race and class interaction in 2011.

The university offers more than 180 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students through 12 colleges and schools. These include advertising, business administration and public relations, as well as architecture, mechanical engineering and nursing. Additional resources can be found through local centers and organizations, including the Center for Urban and Community Design, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and Clean Energy Research Institute.

List of Ten Good Universities in Florida

School Name Distinction Location
Florida Atlantic University Houses Florida Centers of Excellence in biomedical and marine biotechnology and ocean energy technology Boca Raton, FL
Florida International University First established and only public research university in Miami Miami, FL
Florida State University Faculty members include two Nobel laureates and two Pulitzer Prize winners Tallahassee, FL
Nova Southeastern University Community outreach programs Fort Lauderdale, FL
Stetson University Small group-based learning curricula and environment Deland, FL
University of Central Florida Home to the Florida Solar Energy Center Orlando, FL
University of Florida Oldest university in Florida Gainesville, FL
University of Miami Ranked 38th among national universities for 2012 by U.S. News & World Report Miami, FL
University of South Florida Patel School of Global Sustainability Tampa, FL
University of Tampa Offers about 550 internship opportunities for students Tampa, FL
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